It was a miserably cold winter's day, and snow was falling hard. My beloved little Lily was sleeping, a soft warm presence on my chest, her breathing a tiny metronome, and one fist balled in the fabric of my shirt. Music played, Peter, Paul and Mary. And Mary Travers sang this song:
I'll walk in the rain by your side
I'll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand
I'll do anything to help you understand
I'll love you more than anybody can
And the wind will whisper…Continue
I am, I think, the luckiest man on the planet. I am married to a woman whom I love and have loved for some 33 years now. I treasure the opportunity to be by her side every day. And almost every day we share the life, the love and the affection of the most wonderful child I have ever known, my beloved little Lily, my granddaughter, my tiny love.
This small, kind, gentle little soul brings light and laughter, confusion and chaos and endless delight into our lives. Last night I sat with…Continue
My tired little angel headed for bed tonight, bleary eyed and sweet. I headed down to read to her a minute or two later and she was half awake, bundled into her favorite blankets. I sat on her bed with her chosen book and she climbed into my lap and burrowed her face into my chest and sighed. I began to read softly, one arm around her, one holding the book, and her breathing became soft and regular. I knew she was asleep, yet I continued to read. Tears welled up at the overwhelming joy of…Continue
Some 21 years ago, someone in our family received a Lego kit (#6286) The Skull's Eye Schooner pirate ship. The kit had 953 parts. The kit was built, admired, played with minimally, disassembled and the parts thrown into a 25 gallon plastic bin, full to the brim with Lego pieces. Thank about that: 25 gallons of Lego pieces.
Now fast forward to 2013, Christmas time. Lily receives a Lego kit for Christmas and discovers that they are fun to assemble and have many creative play activities.…Continue